Woodbury police arrest three at massage parlor on suspicion of prostitution
Police arrested two women at a Woodbury massage business Thursday afternoon on suspicion of promotion of prostitution. An Inver Grove Heights man was also arrested on suspicion of solicitation of prostitution.
The arrests took place at Eastern Massage and Spa on Weir Drive.
The women - Fu Juan Zhai, 51, and Li Hue Wang, 46 -- whose home addresses match the address of Eastern Massage and Spa, were being held at the Washington County jail in Stillwater over the weekend and are expected to make court appearances Monday, said an official in the county attorney's office.
Kenneth Evan Brown, 35, was booked and released at the jail Thursday. His arrest came on his birthday.
Woodbury police officers who made the arrest shortly after 2 p.m. were joined at the scene by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
The arrests followed a several weeks-long investigation conducted by Woodbury police investigators after they received a tip from a concerned citizen that there may be illegal activities, possibly prostitution, occurring at the business, said police Capt. Kris Mienert.
The Woodbury Public Safety Department will try to close the business, but Mienert declined to discuss the extent of the investigation.
"We still have to piece together all who was involved," she said.
The owner of the spa business could not be reached for comment Friday. Phone calls to the business went unanswered.
On Friday, a "closed" sign was posted at the front door of the business, located in a small strip mall. An employee at the neighboring Greater American Ribs business said the owner of Eastern Massage and Spa called her Friday morning and asked her to post the "closed" sign for him, but she said she did not know anything else about the arrests.
An employee at Classic Pizza, next door to Eastern Massage and Spa, said he saw the arrest scene unfold. He said about a half dozen Woodbury police officers and an ICE agent pulled up to the front of the building and some time later arrested two women and a man.
More on this story will be available in the Wednesday, Nov. 4 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin